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October 2016

In Lists on
October 30, 2016

15 Things I’ve Learned From My First Year of Blogging

 

I almost didn’t start my blog. Here’s why I’m glad I did…

 


In a recent interview with Marie Forleo, Seth Godin shared why he blogs:

“Daily blogging is one of the top career decisions I’ve ever made. Even if nobody read it, I would blog every day and I think everyone should do so. Here’s the reason: if you know that tomorrow you have to say something. About something you noticed, something that might help someone else, about an opinion you have that might stand the test of time, you will form those opinions, you will notice those things, you will invent that idea. And if day after day, week after week, you leave this trail behind of thoughtful examination of your world, you can’t help but get better at whatever it is you seek to do.” 

He’s right. Blogging is excellent. It’s insightful. It makes you think differently about yourself and the world around you. It’s something everyone should do.

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In Essays on
October 30, 2016

Why It’s Time to Throw Away Your Five-Year Plan

Not knowing what you want to do in life is not only ok, but an asset. 

 


I grew up believing that in order to be “successful” I needed a plan.

So plan I did.

I planned where I was going to work, when, and even what my role would be. I envisioned my hobbies and my online presence and how I would go about making it happen. What could go wrong? I had a plan.

Of course, I learnt the hard way that life isn’t linear. And those five-year plans? Total. Bullshit. 

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In Guest Posts on
October 23, 2016

What My Mum Taught Me About Life & Work

A conversation with my number one career inspiration. 

Many mothers tell their children that “anything is possible.” But mine actually proved it to me. 

Anyone who has met my mother will tell you that her energy is infectious. She is the ultimate tour de force, having lived many lives – as an au pair, investment banker and now a psychotherapist. Her story is one that deserves to be told. In this conversation she shares what it was like to grow up in poverty in Brazil, how she dealt with sexism in a male-dominated industry and what she’s honestly learnt about money, well-being and much more.   Read more

In Lists on
October 16, 2016

15 Money Lessons I Learnt The Hard Way

Money Lessons | Money tips | Saving | Budgeting | Frugal living | Money | Life advice

 

Insights & actionable tips (without the cliche 401k talk). Promise.

 

Let me start by saying the thing I’m not supposed to: I like money.

Quite a lot, actually.

Money is wonderful. It’s the difference between having choices and having none. It’s the difference between worrying about bills and having the mental space to think about more creative things.

I’m not saying you need to be balling on Instagram, by any means.

But quietly and gracefully enjoying your own money? Now that’s “#goals”.

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In Essays on
October 9, 2016

Hey, Your Expectations Are Making You Miserable

A few words on five-year plans & unrealistic expectations.

 

You thought you’d be pretty wealthy by now.

In love.

Smiling faces.

Strolls in the park on a Sunday.

Maybe even starting a family.

You thought you’d have a big house. Your own house. 

Those online success stories? That was meant to be you

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In Interviews on
October 9, 2016

No-Bullshit Career Talk With… An Editor-in-Chief

 

How Angelica Malin turned her love for writing into a business

 

Many people talk about creating their own jobs, but Angelica Malin actually did it. She’s the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of About Time Magazine, a London-based publication with a penchant for food, travel and making the most out of life. Here, she discusses being fired, deciding to control her own fate and turning her love for content and writing into a successful business. This post originally featured in my newsletter, but I loved it so much I had to feature it here. Read more

In Lists on
October 2, 2016

Why You Should Interview Yourself

Life advice | Wisdom | Inspiration | Self-help | Self development | Psychology | Creativity

 

18 questions to help you learn more about yourself

 

Everyone, you included, should take the time to interview themselves.

You may think I sound crazy, but it’s the truth.

Asking yourself the right kind of questions can bring you closer to who you are now, and who you want to be.

Think of it as a mirror into your innermost desires, goals and hopes. The ones you didn’t even know you had. Read more

In Lists on
October 2, 2016

10 Reminders for Anyone Who Feels Lost in Life

Personal growth | Life advice | Self help | Life tips | Psychology | Advice

 

About work, life, love & being human. 

 

I recently received this email from a reader:

I hate my day job, but can’t quit as I have no savings and lots of bills to pay. There’s also the small fact that I don’t really know what I want to do my life. Of course, I have things I think I’d love to do, but they make me no money. Any tips?

This is a feeling I call the space. It’s the space between where you are and where you want to be. Here are 10 reminders for anyone who feels like they’re there right now. In work, in love, in life or otherwise:

1. When you feel like you’re not “achieving” anything, remember this: you’re not the same person you were a year ago, a month ago or even a week ago. Your experiences mean you’re always growing. You’re achieving just by living (because this being human stuff is hard). Read more

In Essays on
October 2, 2016

How To Feel Like You Belong Anywhere

 

Because you deserve to be wherever you want to be. 

 

I watched the British Vogue documentary the other day. As the camera panned down the hallowed hallways, I felt a slight pang.

It reminded me of how my 19-year-old self felt in that environment. Scared, intimidated and, secretly, somewhat undeserving.

Vogue is a pretty “privileged” place to be. The intern before me had been an actual Lady, after all. While many people’s fathers were Dukes or Old Etonians, mine was a former postman. There’s no Bass family crest to be found here.

And that was just the beginning. Read more